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Green DOT worked with the Shasta Regional Transportation Agency (Shasta RTA) and local partners to identify competitive projects in the region that would move communities toward the goals of the areas Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy.  We worked with local jurisdictions, private-sector developers and other relevant stakeholders in addition to the Shasta RTA.  Green DOT’s specific role on this grant-writing team was to act as the transportation expert in identifying competitive projects and manage all aspects of this robust application development process.  In 2015 our project team, in association with the City of Redding and Shasta RTA, prepared 3 major grant applications for over $110 million in state and federal grants. The programs involved include the Strategic Growth Council Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program (AHSC), the Federal Highway Administration FASTLANE program, and the Caltrans administered Transit and Intercity Rail Program. The City of Redding was awarded the AHSC grant in October 2016 with $20 million of Cap and Trade money from the Strategic Growth Council, the largest grant amount awarded though this program to date. This project will transform downtown Redding into a more livable community.

The Active Transportation Program (ATP) is a highly competitive grant program operating under the California Transportation Commission (CTC) since 2014. Throughout the four-cycle lifetime of the ATP, Green DOT has developed or assisted in the development of fifteen grant applications for various agencies throughout Northern California. Green DOT developed eight applications and contributed to an additional four applications for Cycle 4 of the ATP, which were submitted successfully by the program deadline of July 31, 2018. ATP grant applications require a robust effort including refined project details, exhaustive written narrative, community outreach, active transportation user counts, safety analysis, demographic research, and the creation of several maps and visuals. Green DOT is committed to multi-modal transportation planning and is excited to be involved in efforts to improve the safety and travel experience of active transportation users in northern California.

Green DOT is working with the Tehama County Transportation Commission (TCTC) to develop an Active Transportation Plan for the County. Currently, Tehama County has no adopted Active Transportation Plan. The Plan will compile the active transportation needs in the County and will prioritize projects based on community needs and wants and feasibility. The Plan will prepare Tehama County and the incorporated cities of Red Bluff, Corning and Tehama for future funding opportunities. Green DOT will be creating a database of the existing infrastructure in the County and will identify gaps in the sidewalk, bicycle route and trails network. Green DOT will then assist the TCTC in a public outreach campaign to solicit feedback from the community identifying where project needs are and will incorporate the publics’ desires is the prioritization methodology. The Tehama Active Transportation Plan is scheduled to be adopted in April 2019.

Green DOT is currently part of a consultant team working with the El Dorado County Transportation Commission, El Dorado Parks, and California State Parks to develop a Sustainable Transportation Plan for Coloma-Lotus. The Plan will outline multimodal and parking improvements needed for an important recreational corridor. Lotus Road and Highway 49 connect several campgrounds and other recreational tourism lodging to Henningsen Lotus Park – a regionally-significant park, the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, kayaking, canoeing and whitewater rafting destinations, and countless other recreational opportunities along the South Fork American River such as fishing, hiking, picnicking, and swimming. Marshall Gold Discovery Park accounts for thousands of child visitors coming for school field trips and many active transportation users cruise through the area destined for the recreational opportunities along the river, creating an urgent need for improved multimodal accommodation and safety improvements. Highway 49 is also an important inter-regional corridor for vehicle traffic, as commuters leave the area for work in Placerville, Roseville and Sacramento and residents from outside communities visit the area for use of the natural amenities.  Green DOT is conducting a connectivity and parking analysis to identify conflict zones between vehicles and active transportation use and will contribute to a planning effort that will increase safety and encouragement for active transportation users and that will increase access to recreational opportunities.

Green DOT worked with multiple Siskiyou County departments, Caltrans and the Karuk Tribe to develop the Happy Camp Complete Streets Project Plan and associated grant application. Happy Camp is rural community located in Siskiyou County. Highway 96 is a State Highway that bisects the town and creates a dangerous barrier separating the elementary school from residential housing.  The city activity center is located on Highway 96, and it is the main route from residential areas to the Karuk Tribal Headquarters which serves Tribal, senior and community purposes and meets many needs for the people of Happy Camp. Happy Camp has a large population that utilizes active transportation and who are in need of improved multimodal facilities. The project focuses on adding infrastructure from Old Hwy 96 to Second Avenue west of Indian Creek Bridge on State Route 96.  Green DOT has been involved in efforts to improve Highway 96 in Happy Camp for several years and has assisted in the development of design alternatives and has conducted community outreach for the project. Green DOT assisted the Karuk Tribe, Siskiyou County and Caltrans with the development of a Cycle 4 Active Transportation Program (ATP) grant application using the preferred alternative selected through the outreach process aided by Green DOT.

Green DOT Transportation was selected by the Lassen County Transportation Commission (LCTC) to update the Lassen Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The last Lassen RTP was last adopted in 2012. Green DOT worked on updating transportation infrastructure and projects throughout the county. Green DOT and the LCTC put in extensive effort to collect the most recent funding information.  The Lassen RTP and Environmental Document was successfully adopted in February 2018 and will guide transportation investments in Lassen County for the next 20 years.

Paradise SSAR Project focused on street safety throughout the town of Paradise. Green DOT was a subconsultant of Kittleson & Associates.  A priority of 18 streets segments were suggested by Paradise. Green DOT played a crucial role with the existing conditions and community outreach. Green DOT surveyed each segment by taking pictures and writing down descriptions. In addition, Green DOT used ARCGIS to map the conditions, which was put into the final plan. The community outreach started on Green DOT’s Facebook page by adding a community outreach event and posting the survey. The Facebook Page reached over 100 people. The survey was filled out by 31 people either online or paper copies. In addition, flyers were posted and left throughout the town’s popular community locations. The Community Outreach Meeting was held in December 2017.

Green DOT Transportation Solutions prepared the 2016 Del Norte Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). As part of the outreach effort for the 2016 RTP, Green DOT helped develop a map-based digital tool for residents to leave feedback directly related to the area of concern using the Commonplace platform.

Since the initial development and promotion of the Commonplace tool in 2016, the tool has been leveraged for other planning projects, including the 2017 Pebble Beach Drive Improvement Project – Project Initiation Document effort lead by Green DOT. Commonplace has proven to be an invaluable tool, and 210 community contributions have been made on the platform since it went live. This web-based tool provides the opportunity for community members to become involved in local matters who may not have the time or ability to attend traditional community meetings.

Green DOT was the primary consultant developing the 2016 Del Norte County Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).  The project involved extensive community outreach and stakeholder input through community meetings, individual stakeholder interviews, work with the Technical Advisory Committee, community surveys and a social media campaign.  Projecting revenue in the financial estimate was challenging due to the current funding crisis with the STIP and other programs. However, Green DOT came up with a unique formula to offset the current negative STIP for the next two years and still show revenue and projects in the constrained period. The environmental document for the 2016 RTP was an addendum to an earlier programmatic EIR. The 2016 Del Norte County RTP was adopted by the DNLTC on March 17, 2016.

Green DOT was contracted as the consultant to develop the Pebble Beach Drive Project Initiation Document (PID). This project focused on improving Pebble Beach Drive to make it more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Many residents and tourists are attracted to this area due to the natural scenic view. However, many people feel this area is dangerous due to the speed of drivers and lack of sidewalks and bicycle lanes. Green DOT worked with the City of Crescent City to create conceptual designs, engage the community and look at the future impacts of the environment and overall health. There were 3 conceptual design options made. The community was able to vote and comment on their favorite design option, and ultimately chose a design option that will improve bike lanes and crosswalks on Pebble Beach Drive and includes a Class I multiuse path on the oceanside of the roadway.  Green DOT also developed a Cycle 4 Active transportation Program (ATP) grant proposal for the City of Crescent City, utilizing planning work from the Pebble Beach Drive to deliver a competitive grant effort in July 2018.

The Panamnik 3C Project is a comprehensive plan for creating an active, walkable town core for Orleans residents and visitors. Orleans’ town center is adjacent to CA Highway 96 and the Klamath River. Green DOT provided conceptual designs for circulation and improvements for all forms of mobility. The community was provided information about the project through social media (Go-Orleans website and a Facebook page Orleans Community Connectivity). In addition there was a weeklong Community Design Fair starting on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, introducing the conceptual designs and allowing the public to give their input about what they would like to see happen. The Panamnik 3C Plan provided the groundwork for Orleans to develop an Active Transportation Program (ATP) grant application, submitted in July 2018 for the ATP’s fourth Cycle.

Green DOT was the prime consultant for this project that will connect rural northern California to the Sacramento region and beyond with battery electric coach buses. The NS Express will connect Shasta County to the City of Sacramento along I-5 as the backbone and additionally connect most of northern California’s counties to the backbone through electric feeder buses. The vision, developed in previous planning efforts, will utilize 45-foot electric coaches for the backbone service and smaller electric buses connecting 8 regional transit systems to the I-5 coach service. The project includes electric vehicle charging stations, transit stop/hub improvements, integrated ticketing, access agreements, and extensive coordination between entities. Additionally, our project team utilized progressive industry techniques such as mobile source data to develop the most accurate ridership projections.

The North State Express Connect Business Plan laid the groundwork for the development of a Transit and intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) grant proposal. The NS Express Connect was awarded $8.641 million for the new service.

With over 200 transportation projects in the region and multiple jurisdictions, the Calaveras County Regional Transportation Plan is a critical guide to mobility in this foothill county. Green DOT led this effort over a 12-month period to rebuild the regional project list from the ground up. We found many projects on the historic lists were outdated and in some cases unidentifiable. The current list includes concise descriptors, updated project costs, and sources of project origins. Additionally, extensive work was involved in developing the financial element and performance measures to ensure effective project delivery occurs on every single project. This RTP process utilized the 2017 RTP guidelines for California’s Regional Transportation Planning Agencies and includes alignment with SB 743 VMT metrics in the demand modeling efforts.

The pure geography of Alpine County provides a perfect environment for biking and walking for leisure and recreation. The nationally acclaimed cycling event, The Death Ride, annually brings over 3500 people to the region to cycle over 5 high Sierra passes over 129 miles in one day. This event not only covers the region with bicyclists on the day of the ride, but many come to Alpine County throughout the year to train on the exceptional road routes the region has on offer. Additionally, with two major recreational draws of Bear Valley and Kirkwood Mountain Resorts, there is a strong community of road and mountain bikers, hikers and cross-country skiers that need safe crossings of State Highways and connected facilities for efficient and enjoyable experiences. The entire County is littered with campgrounds and trailheads serving wilderness areas, lakes, creeks meadows, and mountains.  Green DOT developed an Active Transportation Plan using community input and our planning, funding and project delivery experience to develop an implementable bicycle and pedestrian master plan. The plan includes project lists and programs with associated funding and implementation strategies. We also worked to improve driver awareness of cyclists on rural roadways through educational seminars and physical infrastructure projects.

 

Green DOT Transportation Solutions prepared the 2016 Siskiyou County Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and environmental document. The 2016 RTP improved upon past efforts and included updated language to ensure compliance with the 2010 Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines as well as the latest Federal Highway Bill, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.  This RTP incorporated the latest performance measures applicable to rural counties in California developed in September 2015 in the Transportation Performance Measures for Rural Counties in California report.  The 2010 RTP set some tangible baselines that worked in a rural context and this effort has been measuring performance since 2010. To these ends, Green DOT evaluated the value of the performance measures and improved upon them. This included hybrid performance measures developed from the Caltrans Performance Measures for Rural Transportation Systems Guidebook (2006) and the SANDAG Statewide Performance Monitoring Indicators for Transportation Planning (2013) reports.

The RTP identified transportation infrastructure and County needs through 2036.  The RTP included updated project lists for the Cities and County and programmed these projects in the short term (0-10 years) and long-term (11-20 years) based on expected funding sources and amounts.  The RTP development process included extensive community outreach and stakeholder engagement.

 

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